Investigators probing Michael Schumacher’s accident have ruled out faulty skis, inadequate signage and excessive speed as possible causes of his life-threatening off-piste fall in the French Alps.
The skis, meanwhile, were “not the cause of the accident” and the bindings were “in good condition”, said Stephane Bozon, one of the policemen involved in the probe, following speculation a safety release on Schumacher’s skis did not operate properly.
The seven-time world champion has been in a medically-induced coma since he fell on an off-piste section between two regular slopes in the ski resort of Meribel and hit his head on a rock, prompting his evacuation to a hospital in the city of Grenoble.
Speaking at a press conference, held in Albertville, not far from Grenoble, Mr Bozon said Schumacher was skiing “at a completely normal speed for this type of terrain and for a good skier”.
Mr Bozon also confirmed that signs marking the edge of the piste Schumacher skied off just before the accident on December 29 were in line with legal requirements, his rented skis were in perfect condition, and that the Formula One legend had appeared in control of his speed.
Source: the Telegraph